In a move that is sure to excite Brazilian MMA fans, Dana White has announced that the UFC is looking to book a rematch between arguably the greatest fighter of all time Anderson “The Spider” Silva and fellow Brazilian striker Vitor Belfort.
White announced the organisations intentions while speaking on the Joe Rogan Experience Monday night. Rogan who was ringside in Las Vegas at UFC 126 when Silva famously dispatched of Belfort with a brutal front kick to the chin expressed his interest to see a rematch take place and White did not disagree,
“I know, I don’t disagree, we are working on it.”
It was also hinted that Belfort would be agreeable to the rematch as he looks to avenge one of the most devastating losses on his record to date.
There are a number of barriers currently stopping UFC matchmakers from booking the fight immediately most notably that Silva is currently serving a one-year suspension due to his positive tests for two performance enhancing drugs following his victory over Nick Diaz in January of this year at UFC 183.
Belfort has also had a troubled past with steroid use. The Phenom had to brush off widespread criticism in the lead up to his knockout victory over Dan Henderson earlier this month, caused by a report that was leaked on Deadspin that stated he had tested positive for elevated levels of Testosterone in the weeks prior to his title fight with Jon Jones.
As Silva is free to resume his career in January it remains to be seen as to when the fight will go ahead. It is most likely that it will take place when the UFC returns to Rio De Janeiro in March for UFC 197. The Spider has stated previously that he would like to return on this card which is to be headlined by another rematch involving defending champion Fabricio Werdum and former champ Cain Velasquez.
Make sure to follow MMALatestNews in the coming weeks to hear more on this eagerly awaited matchup and much more.
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Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou Official for UFC 220
UFC 220 in Boston, Massachusetts has its main event. Stipe Miocic (17-2) will put his belt on the line for the third time against rising heavyweight star, Francis Ngannou (11-1)
Rumors surrounded the match-up for UFC 220 after Ngannou’s first round knockout over Alistair Overeem, at UFC 218. The Cameroonian heavyweight called for the fight himself. In his octagon interview proceeding his most recent victory, Ngannou stated:
“I’m feeling good… I’m on my way to a title shot”.
— UFC (@ufc) December 10, 2017
The heavy handed Ngannou has finished all of his opponents in all of his six UFC bouts. A streak which includes a kimura submission over Anthony Hamilton and a TKO victory against former UFC heavyweight champion, Andrei Arlovski. Overall, he holds a ten fight win streak. His only defeat came by way of unanimous decision to Zoumana Cisse, in his second professional MMA fight.
If victorious, Ngannou would become the first African-born champion in UFC history.
Not to be diminished, Stipe Miocic rides his a streak of his own into the beantown match-up. Five consecutive wins, five knockouts and the past four of which, ended in the first round. A victory in Boston for the champ would make him the longest reigning heavyweight champion in UFC history. Currently, Miocic is one of three heavyweights, in the promotions entirety, whom has successfully defended the belt twice.
UFC 220 will be held at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on January 20th, 2018. The pay-per-view (PPV) card will also feature light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, as he faces challenger Volkan “No Time” Oezdemir.
Ladies Fight Night 7: “Double Trouble” Preview
Polish women’s federation Ladies Fight Night is going to celebrate their second birthday this year on the 15th to 17th of December. Two days, two events with a lot of great bouts.
LFN in Poland is being titled the new Invicta FC. The Polish owners created this federation to give European women a chance to fight on a big platform.
Hosting their first ever event in December 2015, LFN will hold two great cards next week, that will feature women who have fought under many prestigious promotions, such as the UFC, Invicta, Bellator, Glory, and Kunlun.
Two days of fantastic fights, intensified by a double dose of sports impressions. The name is not accidental, LFN 7 / LFN 8 combines two events, during which the best Polish fighters will be shown, as well as the best fighters from Europe (including France, Sweden, Italy, the Czech Republic and Romania)
The stakes are high, and we are electrified by the clashes between warriors such as Żaneta Cieśla vs Silvia La Notte and Patricia Axling vs. Cindy Silvestri. Mainly due to their vastness of their experience in the cage.
In the fight of the evening, the talented Romanian Cristina Stanciu will face Magdaléna Šormovádo. Stanciu fought twice in the UFC, but she was unfortunately cut from the promotion after suffering consecutive losses to Cortney Casey and Maryna Moroz.
Judyta Rymarzak vs Marta Waliczek is an amazing fight between two experienced kickboxers. Both making their pro MMA debuts on the night, we will witness a one-of-a-kind duel between two kickboxing perfectionists, as they look to transcend their skills into the MMA world.
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